Will People Cancel Netflix In Favor of Disney+?

Disney and Netflix are both monster names in the world of entertainment. You’d be hard-pressed to make an argument for a company that has more influence and power than either of these two companies.

The two companies have been battling it out lately, with Netflix recruiting powerful ABC execs like Shonda Rhimes and Channing Dungey — Disney owns ABC — and Disney beginning to pull much of its content from Netflix to move over to its new service, Disney +. Disney will be launching Disney + later this year. So the question is: Will Netflix subscribers jump ship in favor of Disney +?

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When will Disney+ debut?

After many months of anticipation, the launch of Disney + is finally in sight. The official launch date for the service is scheduled for November 12, 2019. The pricing for the programming comes in at just $6.99 per month. That’s slightly more than Hulu and half the cost of Netflix.

Disney announced the details of its November release at an April investors meeting. When asked why Disney chose to price the service so low, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger responded: “This is our first serious foray in this space, and we want to reach as many people as possible with it.”

For fans who would rather pay on an annual basis, Disney + will offer a yearly subscription for $69.99 per year — this equates to just under $6 per month). The company also revealed that the service will be ad-free. Like its competitors, it will be available across various platforms, including PC, mobile, and gaming systems.

What will Disney+ offer?

While many fans are looking to see movies straight out of the Disney vault, Disney + is way more than Doc McStuffins and 101 Dalmatians. Let’s not forget that Disney is also the owner of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means all Marvel and Star Wars movies will soon begin exiting Netflix to make the move over to Disney +.

In addition to Marvel and Star Wars, Disney + will feature content from Pixar and National Geographic, as well as its own original content. It will also have access to shows from Fox Entertainment. Disney has already begun to pull some of this content and will continue to remove movies and television shows into next year.

The company has announced that it will be the exclusive home of Captain Marvel when it launches in November. Avengers: Endgame will also be heading straight to the platform. Furthermore, the company revealed that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available at the ready to satisfy all your binge-watching needs.

Is Disney+ better than Netflix?

Yes, Disney will be pulling many big name movies over to its own streaming network. But Netflix has never relied on Disney or any single company to stay relevant and remain the largest streaming network.

Netflix will remain the exclusive streamer of hits like Stranger Things, Ozarks, and The Crown. Its continuous stream of original programs will ensure that Netflix won’t become obsolete any time soon. Additionally, Disney is known for its wholesome content. You will never find shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, or You on the mouse network.

Disney + will likely have a huge subscription base that may very well rival that of Netflix and Netflix may even lose a few subscribers who are looking for more kid-geared or Marvel content. But the target audience and the programming diversity is different for each service. They will each offer programming that the other cannot. The likely scenario is that current Netflix subscribers will supplement their subscription with Disney + rather than ditch it altogether.